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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Assiniboine Park Conservatory (15 Conservatory Drive, Winnipeg)

In 1914, the Palm House was erected in Assiniboine Park to house tropical plants that were otherwise unable to tolerate the local climate. Between 1969 and 1970, a modern structure designed by the architectural firm of Pratt Lindgren Snider Tomcej and Associates was built over and around the Palm House, after which the older structure was dismantled. Opened officially on 26 June 1970 by Lieutenant Governor Richard S. Bowles, the building was closed in April 2018 and demolished later that year.

Postcard view of the original Palm House in Assiniboine Park

Postcard view of the original Palm House in Assiniboine Park (1950)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough, 2018-0117

Assiniboine Park Conservatory

Postcard view of the Assiniboine Park Conservatory (no date)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough, 2017-0014

Assiniboine Park Conservatory

Postcard view of the Assiniboine Park Conservatory (no date)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough, 2017-0014

Assiniboine Park Conservatory

Assiniboine Park Conservatory (January 2018)
Source: George Penner

Interior of the Assiniboine Park Conservatory

Interior of the Assiniboine Park Conservatory (January 2018)
Source: George Penner

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.86930, W97.22896
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Manitoba Business: Pratt Lindgren Snider Tomcej and Associates

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Assiniboine Park Plaque (Winnipeg)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Assiniboine Park Pavilion (55 Pavilion Crescent, Winnipeg)

Sources:

“New $650,000 plant house opens Friday,” Winnipeg Free Press, 26 June 1970, page 19.

This page was prepared by George Penner and Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 19 June 2021

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